Need help preparing to run a marathon? Looking to make new friends while you train? Then look no further than the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team, designed to motivate and train individuals to run the VCU Health Richmond Marathon. You’ll find yourself not just equipped with a detailed 22-week program, but a great crew of experienced coaches and inspirational teammates as well. One of our favorite perks? A dedicated SAG team that supports the weekend group runs. That’s right… water stops, Nuun, and gummy bears while you TRAIN. So let Richmond’s running community carry you to 26.2… when you hit that final stretch at the VCU Health Richmond Marathon, you’ll be glad you didn’t go it alone!
Please Note: The Marathon Training Team is subject to change due to current COVID-19 mandates and recommendations. As we make decisions, we will be sure to update this page with the latest information.
Through April 15: $165
April 16 – June 30: $185
Many of my running partners and close friendships have been developed as a result of MTT! It motivates me on weekends throughout the summer to stick to my plan which has resulted in me achieving many of my goals.
– Brittany Easter
The teams, coaches, and information we received were all amazing and exactly what I was hoping when I signed up. This was my first year and I knew nobody going in, but came away with a bunch of new running friends and a lot more knowledge about marathon training/running.
– Chris Strauss
Through MTT, my circle of friends has grown significantly. I now have a group of friends that I regularly hang out with and run with during the off season as much I do during the training season.
– Erin Folkenroth
Check back in Spring 2021
Please note: Training Team entry fees are non-refundable and entries are non-transferable, no exceptions. Once we receive your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate.
Already signed up for the marathon and want to participate in the training team? No problem! Just click here on switching-races and follow the prompts. The system should only charge you the difference between the marathon and the training team, please contact us if it charges you the full amount. If you originally paid by check, you can send a check made out to Sports Backers for the difference in price between the training team fee and your marathon entry fee you’ve paid for the event. Just indicate if you’d like to train on Saturday or Sunday, with the early (6:30 a.m.) or late (7 a.m.) group, and whether you’d consider yourself a 500 miler (novice) or 700 miler (intermediate). Also include your most recent 10k time.
At Sports Backers, our mission is to inspire people from all corners of our community to live actively. Engaging underserved populations is one of our core values and one way we act on this value is by offering Income Based Rates for all of our training teams. These special rates are offered to those who qualify and would otherwise not be able to participate.
Those who make $25,000 or less annually or receive proven TANF, Food Stamp or Energy Assistance Benefits from Social Services and are not currently claimed as a dependent by anyone making above $25,000 annually are eligible for a special $30 rate for the Marathon Training Team. Please provide one of the following documents for verification:
For those that qualify for the income-based entry fee, please come by our office or mail the completed mail-in entry form and your verification document to Sports Backers, 100 Avenue of Champions, Richmond, VA 23230
For more information, please email [email protected].
Already registered? You can confirm your entry here.
If you can’t find the information you are looking for below, please email the head coaches.
Carrie helps lead the Team, bringing with her eleven years of experience with the MTT and five years coaching the YMCA 10k Training Team. She actively supports and trains with many athletes within our local community. Carrie is certified as an RRCA Adult Distance Running Coach. She’s deeply grounded with the desire to see everyone get active and happy, regardless of the speed or the distances…so let’s get moving!
After helping a co-worker train for her first 10K in 2005 with the YMCA, they both decided to tackle the ½ marathon. For Jake, he decided to use the Marathon Training Team to get him to his goal. He figured if he could survive the training for the Half Marathon, then he might stick around for the Full. Stick around he did. A few MTT seasons later, he was asked to be an Assistant Coach. And a few more after that, he was Head Coach of his own team. Jake is certified as an RRCA Adult Distance Running Coach. With 20+ marathons, ultras, multi-sport, and relay races under his belt, Jake still enjoys the odd 2 AM run in the woods or 10 miles on snow covered streets. After 10+ years of coaching with MTT and other 10K training programs, Jake looks forward to helping his fellow coaches motivate even more people reach their goal of an amazing marathon finish.
After attempting to train for a marathon solo, Kevin found the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team and has been with it for 18 years, 11 years as a coach. MTT helped Kevin complete 20 plus marathons, achieve his goal of running a sub three hour marathon, and qualifying for numerous New York City and Boston Marathons. Kevin is certified as an RRCA Adult Distance Running Coach. Helping runners find success, however they define it, is his main goal.
There is a 7-hour time limit to complete the VCU Health Richmond Marathon, so that requires maintaining an average pace of about 16 minutes per mile for the entire 26.2 miles. Based on the industry standard pace calculators, comparable times would be about 3 hours, 20 minutes for a half marathon or 1 hour, 30 minutes for a 10k. Each participant should be able to comfortably finish four miles several times per week while primarily running prior to starting the Training Team on June 5/6. We will monitor the progress of all of our runners during the early part of our training to make sure you have the fitness to complete the marathon in the required time. You must be at least 16 years of age to participate. If you are under the age of 18, you must have a parent/guardian registered for training team and present for all training runs.
If you choose to wait to register for MTT you should be able to comfortably meet the following fitness levels (at no more than an average pace of 16 minutes per mile):
Please Note: Clinic format is subject to change due to current COVID-19 mandates and recommendations.
There will be clinics held on everything from injury prevention to nutrition to shoes. A schedule of these events will be given to registered Marathon Training Team members. These clinics will meet virtually until we are safely able to meet in person. In addition to clinics this year, we will offer “How To” videos for all participants to have access to, which will allow us to cover a further range of topics (i.e. dynamic stretching, safe running, and hydration) that enhance your training and better prepare you for Race Day.